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Subject: Archive: Jerry Wallace, May 5, 2008

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Date Posted: Saturday, May 05, 05:08:40pm

VICTORVILLE, Calif. (AP) — Jerry Wallace, who sang the 1950s hits “Primrose Lane” and “How Time Flies,” died on Monday at his home here. He was 79.

The cause was congestive heart failure, said Jerry Wallace Jr., one of his three sons.

Mr. Wallace began recording in 1951 and scored his first major hit in 1958 with the release of “How the Time Flies,” followed a year later with the upbeat “Primrose Lane,” written by George Callender and Wayne Shanklin.

Gene Kennedy, the owner of Door Knob Records, which released several of Mr. Wallace’s records in the late 1970s, said “Primrose Lane” sold more than a million copies.
Born in Kansas City, Mo., on Dec. 15, 1928, Mr. Wallace was the son of a grocery store owner. He grew up in Missouri and Arizona before moving to Hollywood.

In 1972 Mr. Wallace was nominated for a Country Music Association Award as male vocalist of the year, and his song “To Get to You” was nominated as single of the year. The song stayed on the hit parade for 22 weeks.

Mr. Wallace retired in the late 1970s and stopped recording. Except for some small concerts, he also stopped performing. He was a Navy veteran and served around the time of World War II.

Mr. Wallace is survived by four children, two grandchildren and his ex-wife, Reva Stone.

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